HOUSTON, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- An estimated 38 tons of liquid steel spilled and killed a worker at a steel plant in the U.S. state of Arkansas Wednesday, U.S. media reported.
The accident happened around Wednesday noon at the Arkansas Steel Associates plant in Newport in northeast Arkansas, daily newspaper Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The victim, identified as 49-year-old Michael E. Myers was killed after a ladle of liquid steel apparently spilled while being moved in the facility's melt shop.
Authorities said a cable on the crane that was moving the kettle of liquid steel broke, causing the kettle "to fall and tip" over, spilling the liquid, which caused Myers' death.
The melt shop spilled an estimated 38 tons of liquid steel, according to the report.
Arkansas Steel Associates' website says the company produces high carbon and low carbon tie plates for the railroad industry.